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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    When I was about 7 or so my mom sewed her finger into something she was working on. It was one of her right hand fingers and she couldn't get her finger off the needle while it was still on the machine. I had to unscrew the needle clamp screw and then once the needle was out of the machine she use a pair of pliers to pull it out.
    I was a bit traumatized by that. Needless to say I do keep my digits away from the needle.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I am really glad you found us!
    Thanks!
    You really think the video was sped up? I am not sure, it looked to me like he was just going full throttle like Candace does. He is a very talented guy. I wonder how many finger piercings he has gotten?
    I do think the video is speeded up (check out the way he uses the scissors to snip the thread), but even if he isn't going full throttle all the time, he's still a very talented guy (and hopefully has avoided too many body piercings). I wonder if he sketches his doodles beforehand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denise_the_Quilt_Lady View Post
    Attachment 321187This is my favorite machine. LOL. It is in wonderful condition in spite of it's age. Light, and easy to carry, sews perfect straight lines. and will look nice displayed in my soon to be studio which will have a vinage look to it. This machine once belonged to my 83 year old mother's aunt. She bought it when she was in her 20's. I'm guessing it is about 90 years old.
    Welcome Dennis! Regardless of age of the machine it is still a vintage. Enjoy that pretty gal!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    How long do you suppose it will be before OSHA is requiring that machines have finger guards?
    LOL Like that is really the upmost safety issue these days!!!

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    Pat, Welcome too ...and anyone else I have missed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Pat, Welcome too ...and anyone else I have missed!!
    Thanks, is that Monica? Looks like a friendly place here!

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok Janice, you and Candace can try those springs! Let us know when you get pierced or how safe you feel using those springs.
    The springs I ordered are a series of full round coils that go clear around the needle, getting larger from top to bottom, with the bottom coil that touches the fabric probably about 1/8" across. I think it would be hard to get your finger under that coil. But I'll take pics when I get it so you all can see. I may be way off, since I don't even have the thing yet. But I want it for my 15 in treadle to FMQ with, so that's why I bought it. I'll be giving a friend of mine the 2nd one I bought. She's much into FMQ on her fancy Bernina.

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    Hey Miriam...remember the discussion you and I had about my White 77 and your Domestic looking almost exactly the same but you said yours was really light? And I kept saying mine didn't feel light at all? Well, Cathy "enlightened" me (hehe) about the 77 series and that only the 77MG machines were made out of magnesium and were lightweight to compete with the FW's. And that it would say MG on the serial number. I just have a regular, heavyweight model it seems. Boooo for me;>
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Thanks, is that Monica? Looks like a friendly place here!

    pat
    LOL Yup! Is that you, Pat?

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    Willcox & Gibbs Type 11 High Speed Lockstitch Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    ThayerRags, is THAT your machine? Geeze, it is so wonderful looking? What a weird looking face? I would not know how to thread that machine, but it would be so cool to own one like it!
    Nancy
    Nancy,

    Yes, itís one of our machines, and thanks for the compliment. We havenít actually found an application for it at our house yet, but itís an interesting machine. Itís in a parlor cabinet that houses the industrial motor that powers it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    Nancy,

    Yes, it’s one of our machines, and thanks for the compliment. We haven’t actually found an application for it at our house yet, but it’s an interesting machine. It’s in a parlor cabinet that houses the industrial motor that powers it.

    CD in Oklahoma
    WOW check out that motor!!! I love the red machine and cabinet!

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    Charlee, Are you bidding on this one?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-DO...item2c63bc88dc

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    Here is a finger guard that would work on many of our vintage Singers and maybe would work with the needle spring?

    http://shop.sew-classic.com/Finger-N...nes-SCF020.htm

    I will probably get one on my next order.

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    Those bids keep going up and up don't they?? I'm glad I didn't drag us there to look at his collection. Those pieces are soooooo out of my price range!

    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Charlee, Are you bidding on this one?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-DO...item2c63bc88dc

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    LOL Yup! Is that you, Pat?
    Yup! 'Tis indeed, masquerading as a quilter.

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Charlee, Are you bidding on this one?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-DO...item2c63bc88dc
    Tell you what. I'll do the bidding, and everyone can pitch in on the final price...it'll belong to ALL of us, and I, of course, will keep custody of said cabinet...everyone's space issues being what they are and all...I'll let you all visit it lots!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Yup! 'Tis indeed, masquerading as a quilter.

    pat
    I own one of your lovely blocks!!! It's going in one of my future quilts, honorary spot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Tell you what. I'll do the bidding, and everyone can pitch in on the final price...it'll belong to ALL of us, and I, of course, will keep custody of said cabinet...everyone's space issues being what they are and all...I'll let you all visit it lots!!
    Too cute!! I still want my basement or loft. Be interesting to see what this one and the other one go for. He's selling a car too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Those bids keep going up and up don't they?? I'm glad I didn't drag us there to look at his collection. Those pieces are soooooo out of my price range!
    Way, way out of mine too! I'm the person that likes to collect the mutts or strays since they come cheap or free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Those bids keep going up and up don't they?? I'm glad I didn't drag us there to look at his collection. Those pieces are soooooo out of my price range!
    Sew-Classic has been out of stock on those finger guards for a long time. I want a couple too. Here is another place to order. If somebody else has some I would sure like a couple.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    So all this talk about killing one's digits (fingers)with a needle, reminds me of the time I had to X-ray a man that had gotten a machine drill bit lodged into his hand.

    A very very long time ago (life before CA and kids), I worked back east as an X-Ray technician in a very busy hospital that specialized in hand trauma. I worked in the emergency x-ray department. Well, one day, this guy who was totally wasted came in with this drill bit in his hand that was the size ~6 inches long and diameter ~1 inch. From what was told to doctor, the patient had been drinking on the job, set his hand down on the machine, and the drill bit went right through his metacarpals (you can google for where they are located in hand).
    The x-rays showed no fractures. The doctors that removed the bit from the hand told me that there was no nerve damage. He was one lucky fool.

    So, there could be a moral to this story...don't drink and sew!

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    Monica,
    That is quite that score, a rare quilt block by Pat.
    It's a fact that there are only around 12 known to exist.
    -VBG-
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I own one of your lovely blocks!!! It's going in one of my future quilts, honorary spot!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denise_the_Quilt_Lady View Post
    Attachment 321187This is my favorite machine. LOL. It is in wonderful condition in spite of it's age. Light, and easy to carry, sews perfect straight lines. and will look nice displayed in my soon to be studio which will have a vinage look to it. This machine once belonged to my 83 year old mother's aunt. She bought it when she was in her 20's. I'm guessing it is about 90 years old.
    Welcome, Denise!

    Your machine is such a cutie. I have a black one, but am always looking out for a white one at a price I can afford. The serial number is under the edge of the machine, and you can go to http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html and find out exactly when your machine was made, and mark that page, so you can always refer back to it when you find other machines. I enjoy looking at them, and like learning. I mean, I could let you tell me your serial number and me tell you the info, but it will be more fun for you to find out for yourself. I try to always use the "teach a man to fish..." philosophy. I hope you post pictures of your retro sewing room when you get it done.

    Melinda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Monica,
    That is quite that score, a rare quilt block by Pat.
    It's a fact that there are only around 12 known to exist.
    -VBG-
    Cathy
    I thought so, which is why it will go in center of a quilt that I make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Welcome, Denise!

    Your machine is such a cutie. I have a black one, but am always looking out for a white one at a price I can afford. The serial number is under the edge of the machine, and you can go to http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html and find out exactly when your machine was made, and mark that page, so you can always refer back to it when you find other machines. I enjoy looking at them, and like learning. I mean, I could let you tell me your serial number and me tell you the info, but it will be more fun for you to find out for yourself. I try to always use the "teach a man to fish..." philosophy. I hope you post pictures of your retro sewing room when you get it done.

    Melinda
    I too am interested in her addition. I enjoy following threads on redos or additions of sewing rooms since it is interesting to see how one uses the vintage machines in the room (if there are vintage machines).

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